London-based Patrik Fredrikson and Ian Stallard have made an indelible impact on the designscape of the 21st century, leading the way in vanguard aesthetics. From the crystalline British Independent Film Awards Trophy (owned by the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch and Emma Thompson) to the striking Fossil collection that made waves at the Cannes Boat Show in 2009, their emotionally engaging pieces have been voted among the ‘top three most collectible’, and helped them bag a coveted Red Dot Design Award, too.
Their latest work, Prologue, highlights how design can go beyond creating something merely stylish, and engage with broader issues—in this instance, water sustainability. Created to mark the 15th anniversary of Swarovski’s Waterschool program, the monumental circular sculpture was positioned at the entrance to the Shanghai Exhibition Centre. This was the venue for China’s leading international design event, Design Shanghai, which took place from March 27–30. Building on the success of the original Prologue that was exhibited in shimmering topaz crystals during Art Basel (in both Hong Kong and Basel) 2014, this reimagined version uses Blue Shade crystals and galvanized steel to symbolize water. Its 4m-diameter frame holds over 8,000 sparkling crystal droplets, making for a striking reminder of our most precious resource, and a brilliant celebration of Swarovski Waterschool’s 15th anniversary.
Swarovski Waterschool is an initiative that teaches children and their communities the principles of sustainable water management, and provides them with clean drinking water and water sanitation.